LUBBOCK, TEXAS (AP) - Margaret Osborne duPont, the winner of more than 30 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles spanning three decades, has died, She was 94.
In 1967, five years after winning her last Grand Slam title, DuPont was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
In a story last year in the El Paso Times, duPont spoke about her love of the game.
“It was always just tennis, tennis, tennis, tennis,” she said. “I’m not sure why I loved the game so much. But I did. I just did. And I always have.”
DuPont won more titles at what is now the U.S. Open in singles, doubles, mixed doubles _ 25 _ than anyone else in history. She was recognized for the accomplishment in recent years with a gold ring from the governing body for U.S. tennis.
Born in Joseph, Ore., on March 4, 1918, duPont grew up on a ranch there. When the family moved to San Francisco, duPont played her first tennis on public courts in Golden Gate Park. Before long she was traveling the country.
“She was a super player, a super sport and a super friend,” Leigh Bloss said.
During World War II, duPont worked in a plant in Sausalito, Calif., where marine ships were made and even shared a ride to work with Bing Crosby, the El Paso paper reported.
In the early 1940s she met William duPont Jr., of the famous and prominent American family. The two married in 1947 and son Bill was born in 1952.View Entire Story
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